The Great Manifesto of Acceptance by Gianne Inumerable
Quotations in the video:
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” –Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems
“You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.” –Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe
Everyone is uniquely created by God in His own image and likeness, which makes us different from one another, flaws and all.
Isn’t every child special? But what does it mean when we say “children with special needs”?
“Special needs” are referred to as disabilities that limit what an individual can do and make learning difficult. It includes mental retardation, speech and language impairments, and behavioral problems. Most cases are inborn with children, which requires them to need extra attention, teaching, care, and love.
Nowadays, disability discrimination is very rampant in society. It is when a person with a disability is less favored and bullied because of their physical appearance and in-capabilities. This may also lead to anxiety, depression, and, in worst situations, suicide. The main reasons may be loss of direction or purpose, decrease in self-esteem, frustration over changes, and the struggle of living. Different therapies and treatments are available to them, including emergency numbers if they need anyone to talk to.
We should not downgrade persons with disabilities and special needs. They are not defined by their weaknesses because, with that, there are many more areas of strengths. Remind yourself that everyone faces obstacles and that it is our duty to love and help one another as brothers and sisters. Enrich them with determination, positivity, and self-worth, even when things get tough. Make them feel accepted and loved because that is what they need and deserve.